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TODAY’S VERSE
“May the Lord lead your hearts into a full understanding and expression of the love of God and the patient endurance that comes from Christ.”
II Thessalonians 3:5 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Do we understand our daily situations the way God does? Do we see through His eyes? In today’s passage Paul wrote, “May the Lord lead your hearts into a full understanding of the love of God.” This wasn’t just any understanding it is a “full” understanding. And it was more that understanding. It was an understanding that expresses itself in God’s love and patience. What an amazing treasure this would be. To have our hearts tuned into the beat of the Saviors. To be able to stand with God, fully understanding through Christ, the way of His love and patience. When you truly see the situations you are in through Christ’s eyes, He will lead you to His loving ways. It will always be about His love. This is turn will result in patient endurance. Today, let the Lord lead your heart into a full understanding and expression of God’s love and patience. Try to see the world you live and work in through His eyes. Let God’s vision and love permeate everything you do.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, give me spiritual vision. Help me see what You see today. Lead my heart into a full understanding and expression of Your love and patience so I can apply it to my life and those around me. In Jesus’ name.
AMEN

TODAY’S AFFIRMATION & MEDITATION
God is helping me more fully understand and express His love and patience
Envision yourself struggling with daily situations. If there were no people you would be fine. You can feel the burden of so much drama. Sense the struggle you are having being more loving and patient. Invite Jesus to come and give you a better understanding of His love and patience. As you do, sense that He desires to synch your heart with His. Picture yourself walking throughout the day with more love, more patience. Sense His presence alive in your heart. Affirm that God is helping you more fully understand and express His love and patience.

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TODAY’S VERSE
“By their fruit you will recognize them.”
Matthew 7:20 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Not all things are what they seem. Jesus once cursed a fig tree that gave the impression that it was bearing fruit, when in fact it was barren. There was something about “saying one thing” and “doing another” that really got to Jesus. Whether it was the Pharisees that posed as religious zealots but knew nothing of the righteousness God was interested in, or a false prophet that pretended to know what God wanted to say and led people down the wrong path. Jesus would rather be with a prostitute, tax collector or lepers that sincerely repented than those that had the pretence of faith. Jesus simply said it this way. “You can tell a tree by the fruit it produces.” Peach tree? Peaches. Apple tree? Apples. Christians? The fruit of the Spirit which is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Today, when people look at your life what fruit will they see?

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, I pray that the Holy Spirit will bear His fruit in my life, so when people see me, they will glorify You.
AMEN

TODAY’S VISUALIZATION & MEDITATION
The Holy Spirit produces His fruit in my life
See yourself in a beautiful garden. There is plenty of sunshine, healthy rains and good soil. As you walk through the garden you see all the many exotic plants. Then you come to a special place, the fruit of the Spirit garden. As you walk in you can feel your soul respond to God’s love. It is a good place. As you spend time with God in the garden you experience the different fruit growing in you. Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness faithfulness, gentleness and self-control all begin to mature and influence your life. You affirm, “The Holy Spirit produces His fruit in my life.”

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TODAY’S VERSE
“We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are.
Matthew 3:22-23 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Are you right with God? This is a serious question and yet most of us don’t spend much time thinking about it. Somewhere along the line we have developed our own theory of how to be right with God. It usually involves doing some good, at least more good than we think we have done bad. But the Bible tells of a different plan. It talks of a God that loves us and has made a way that we can be forgiven. It shares how receiving Christ as our personal Savior will bring us into a right standing with Him. Through putting our faith in the sacrifice of God’s Son, Jesus, we become God’s child and are born again into His family. This brings us into a whole new relationship with God and we are made right with Him. Today, you can have this relationship. Accept Christ as your own Savior, ask Him to forgive your sins and make you His child. Put your faith in Christ’s sacrificial death on the cross for you and you will have a right relationship with Him.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, I accept Christ’s death on the cross for me and ask You to forgive all my sins. I accept Christ as my Savior and put my faith in Him. Take my life and help me live it for You.
AMEN

TODAY’S VISUALIZATION & MEDITATION
I am right with God through Christ
Feel the presence of Almighty God.  See Him looking in your direction. You feel the weight of your sinfulness and just when you are ready to leave, Jesus appears. You see His nail scared hands and know that it was for you He died. He bids you to stay and live in His love. You accept His gift of salvation you feel His love and sense and immediate acceptance. He calls you His child and you affirm, “I am right with God through Christ.”

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TODAY’S VERSE
“You have given him the joy of being in your presence.”
Psalms 21:6 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
What a gift. God has actually put the capacity to experience His presence in us. Like an antenna picks up the signal sent to it, God has put His Holy Spirit within us, enabling us to experience Him. But an antenna is of no value, if there isn’t a signal. You see, this passage is more about God than us. It is God that sends His presence out to us. It is God that desires our fellowship. It is His grace that causes Him to seek us out. Does that grab you? Let me say it again. The God of the universe not only allows us an audience with Him, He comes to us and seeks us out! And even more, when we respond, we will receive what David did. God will give us the joy of being in His presence.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, thank You for seeking me out. Thank You for inviting me to experience Your presence. I pray for more Father. I pray that I may experience the deep joy that you offer from being in Your presence.
AMEN

TODAY’S VISUALIZATION & MEDITATION
I experience the joy of being in God’s presence
Quiet your mind. Visualize yourself in a peaceful place and let yourself relax. Let go of chatter in your mind and ask God to help you experience His presence. Sit patiently meditating on His  great love. Invite God to come and reveal His love to your heart. Think of His peace. Let His presence fill your heart with peace. As you meditate on Him, let His presence fill you with joy.

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TODAY’S VERSE
“But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”
Isaiah 40:31 (KJV)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Life can get hard. Feelings from inside, forces from outside—it can become overwhelming. David knew this and he was honest in his writings. Sure, he eventually brings us into a trusting relationship with God, but not until he displays his own raw emotion. He asks God, “O LORD, why do you stand so far away? Why do you hide when I am in trouble?” How many times , like David, have you been perplexed with your situations and have wanted to say the same thing? And yet somewhere deep in your heart you know that there must be more. There is. The more is in the wait. It is the “be still and know that I am God.” It is the process of renewal. Isaiah writes, “But they that wait on the Lord shall renew their strength.” He uses three glorious metaphors: a high soaring eagle, a person running without getting weary and a person on a long difficult walk and not fainting. And how is it you can experience victory even in defeat, peace in turmoil or strength in a long weary journey? The author of Hebrews gives the answer. He writes, “Let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.” And so you come to God and wait. Wait for Him to speak. Quiet your self, quiet your agenda, quiet your emotions. Stay with your pain and pressure and wait. Stay with your fears and discouragement and wait. Wait on God. He is there. He is mighty. He has everything you need. Might you today begin to experience all the grace of our loving God that you need so you can rise up with the wings of an eagle and not be weary or faint. 

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, I need You. I need Your grace. I need Your renewal. Today I come to Your throne and wait on You. Be my strength, help me run and not be weary and walk and not faint. I ask this in the name of Jesus Christ.
AMEN

TODAY’S VISUALIZATION & MEDITATION
I will wait on the Lord for strength
Sense yourself in desperate need. Your are feeing a panic overwhelm you. You cry out to God but nothing seems to happen.  You wait, still nothing. Feel fear start to overwhelm you but then you hear a voice say, “Wait.” You wait in faith, trusting in God that He will help you. As you do, you begin t feel strength. You burden is lighter and you begin to run. You are see yourself running and not getting  weary. Feel the joy as your waiting has turned into celebration. You affirm, “I will wait on the Lord for strength.”

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TODAY’S VERSE
“Live in harmony with each other. Don’t be too proud to enjoy the company of ordinary people. And don’t think you know it all! Never pay back evil with more evil. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable. Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone.”
Romans 12:16-18 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
God wants us to live in harmony with others. Of course this is easier said than done. Yet as God’s ambassadors, it is imperative that we really try. Ken Sande, the author of “The Peacemaker” writes, “Something significant happens when you decide to follow God’s instructions for relationships, especially His insights on conflict. When you focus on Him and His ways, you do more than cope.  – When you glorify God by doing relationships according to His plan, you’re allowing God to reign in your life. You’re enjoying a powerful connection that alters your whole life. And it’s far more than personal. You’re also giving everyone around you a reason to respect and praise God’s fame.” Conflicts will come, but today choose God’s way of dealing with them. Turn it over to Him, live in harmony, don’t be proud, don’t think you know it all, don’t repay evil with evil and do all you can to be at peace with everyone.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, I need Your help with relationships. I get so frustrated. I need Your Holy Spirit to guide me and help me love others the way You do. Help me, guide me and empower me I pray in Jesus’ name.
AMEN

TODAY’S VISUALIZATION & MEDITATION
I follow God’s way of peace
Sense yourself in conflict with someone. You can feel your blood pressure rising. Anger is building and you want to do something rash. But then Jesus comes and says, “There is another way of peace.” You feel His strength. You see His tenderness and sense His presence guiding you. Feel the joy build in your heart as you yield and choose to follow God’s way of peace.

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TODAY’S VERSE
“For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.”
Philippians 4:13 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Can or can’t. They are two opposite pathways. They take you to different places. “Can’t” takes you into the territory of doubt, despair and eventually into hopelessness. We can’t, they can’t, soon we are believing that God can’t. Paul knew this. That is why he spent his life encouraging unbelievers to follow Christ and believers to trust Him with their whole life. But it was more than rhetoric. He lived it writing, “I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.” Today, decide to join Paul. Make your motto, “Through Christ I can.”

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, help me change my “can’ts” to “cans”. Help me trust in Your strength and not mine. In Jesus’ name.
AMEN

TODAY’S VISUALIZATION & MEDITATION
I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength
Picture something that has been extremely difficult for you to do. You try and try. Feel the frustration, the desperation, the discouragement. Picture Paul walking up to you and saying, “In Christ you can do it. Use His strength.” Sense your faith growing and your determination building. You pray and step out in faith. Affirm, “I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.”

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